A smooth and expertly edited transition process in your video will hook your viewer. Transitions don’t need to be dramatic, but they do need to be smooth, seamless and natural looking using video editing equipment. We have some tips for handling transitions when it comes to introducing video editing effects and creating your professional end product.
Firstly, iMovies is a great piece of software because it is easy to use and has great functionality. It still takes a bit of effort to learn to use it effectively, but you will soon get the hang of it. Go to YouTube to find some excellent tutorials that help with the specific functions of iMovies – such as how to use transitions.
Transitions are needed when you want to depict time passing, there is a change of mood or a change of subject or direction. In every video you will need to show the transitions from the title screen into the first part of the footage, or when you change back to your call to action at the end of the video.
In an interview for example, you might want to cut out all the footage of the interviewer actually asking a question, when the interviewee is saying ‘um,’ or there is irrelevant content. A cross dissolve, a fade to black, a fade to white or a dip to colour, which is a brief flash to another colour, can be especially effective at these points.
It is important to keep these video editing special effects simple using video editing equipment. A fade to black or a cross dissolve can look great, but keep to a minimum other effects like the page turning, the dot or the lens flare. Too much use of elaborate transition effects can make the video look amateurish. These effects tend to turn the viewer’s attention from the most important thing, which is the content you are giving. The message is what needs to be focused on, not spectacular gimmicks.
You need to put the transitions in just the right place. If you do your job well, these effects will be virtually invisible too the viewer, they will just create a smooth and seamless feeling to the video. If it looks natural, you’ve got it right; if it feels awkward and jumpy, you need to play around with it a little more.
You won’t get it right the first time. This is something you will need to gain experience with, and the more you do it, the easier and more professional looking your videos will become. You can practice doing a slower cross dissolve to denote a longer time passing or a shorter cross dissolve, which means a shorter time has passed. Over time, these processes will become second nature to you.
Once you have this technique down pat, you will be able to create much more polished and pleasing videos using video editing equipment. It is worth devoting the time to get your skills up to speed.
If you would like more help with transitions or any other aspect of video making, our team at Melbourne Video Production are here to help. Just contact us with your query, and one of our team will soon be able to soon sort out your problem.
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